December 4, 2008

December 4, 2008

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Tomorrow is our 5A prayer service. It is the Advent Wreath Blessing Service. I hope you can all attend. The following is a brief curriculum update for the following week. Reports cards go out next Friday 12/12.

Friday: Test # 7
Monday: Mass: no Math Class
Tuesday: Investigation 4
Wednesday: Lesson 41,Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Common Denominators
Friday: Lesson 42, Short Division-3,6,9

Tomorrow is our 5A Prayer Service at 8:30 am. We have been working very hard on it. Next Tuesday we will continue with Chapter 14, Reborn In Christ. While learning about the Sacraments of Initiation we will be learning about new life in Baptism, New life of Grace and Grace and conversion. We will also be looking at some “tools” that will help us deepen our faith. The Ch. 4 study Guide will be due next Wednesday (12/10) and we will have a test next Thursday. (12/11)

Social Studies
The fifth graders are learning about Chapter 6, Early English Settlements. They will be focusing on Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth. They will be preparing for three “act it outs”, which will enable them to investigate and get to know the details about each settlement. We will be using class time to prepare. The presentation day will be next Thursday (12/11). The test for this chapter will be the following day (12/12).

We finished reading Hatchet today! Ask your 5th grader what he or she thought about the way it ended. We will spend time tomorrow and Monday discussing and reviewing the story in preparation for an end of the book test on Tues. Dec. 9th.

Students begin a unit from Science and Technology for Children called Microworlds. Students will study everyday objects as well as microorganisms with a variety of magnifying devices. Next, students will use a microscope to view inanimate objects. Students will learn proper focusing and lighting techniques, as well as how to prepare slides.

Language Arts
Students will creatively describe “The Perfect Christmas Tree.” We practice techniques to adjust to different forms of writing, while focusing on “sentence fluency.” In particular, students strive to have a variety of sentence lengths and beginnings. Spelling homework is due on Monday; our test is on Monday, as well.

Happy December!
Ms. Semandiris